1878-P VAM-36 7/8 Tailfeather 7 over 4 Tailfeathers

Discovered by Leroy Van Allen, December 1965. Reverse discovered by Francis Klaes, June 1963.

36 II1 - B/Ag (4TF) (179) I-4 R-4
Obverse II2- Star 4 right is intact. 7 in date doubled slightly on right side. Normal type II obverse with no die breaks.
Reverse B/Ag- Four tail feathers showing; between 2 and 3 TF and under 3, 4, and 5 TF. Design remains in leaves of branch, below branch on left, and around wreath bow. Die chips around D, W, E, and U of IN GOD WE TRUST.

Comments:The 1878-P VAM-36 is one of the more common 7 over 8 tailfeather varieties. It often comes with DMPL surfaces.

No LVA Plate Photo:

Additional photos:
Some of the key identification features are 4 tailfeather tips showing, the lines under the olive branch and the two spikes emerging from under the arrow feathers. Note that VAM-36 shares the same reverse die as 1878-P VAM-37 so if your coin matches these features, be sure to check the obverse characteristics.
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One of the quickest ways to identify VAM-36 and 37 reverses is to look for these marks under the arrow feathers.
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The remains under the olive branch are also unique to VAM-36 and 37.
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The wreath leaves are doubled to the point that a split can be seen at the top. Some collectors use the sides and insides of the bow to identify 7/8 TF reverses.
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The die scratch line under the 2nd right star is indicative of a VAM-36.
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A die chip is present on the cheek in front of the ear for VAM-36.
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The eye has chips under the eyelid and polish lines at the base.
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On the obverse there is a die polish line in the R of LIBERTY and a chip in the base of the T unique to VAM-36
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Large Full Coin Copyrighted© VAM-36 Images on loan to VAMworld courtesy ©Heritage Auctions ATTRIBUTED BY ANACS ANACS_LOGO3.jpg
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Price History:



Condition Census:

PCI MS65, PCGS MS65, PCGS MS64DMPL(4), PCGS MS64PL(2)

CERTIFIED POPS AS OF 06/2013:

Designation
Total
1-3
4-6
8-10
12-15
20-35
40-45
50
53
55
58
60
61
62
63
64
65
ANACS
MS
167
0
0
0
2
2
16
11
2
10
4
15
13
59
26
6
0
ANACS
MSPL
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
14
7
1
0
ANACS
DMPL
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
4
12
3
0
PCGS
MS
47
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
2
1

4
15
13
7
2
PCGS
MSPL
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
3
3
2
0
PCGS
DMPL
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
5
0
NGC
MS
46
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
8
17
14
1
0
NGC
MSPL
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
4
2
0
0
NGC
DMPL
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
2
0
0
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